Subject: Durga Puja Programs, Membership and Trustee
Dated: Sep 04, 2002
Dear Member,

By now you may have already received the Prabasi mail containing your
pre-filled membership form, and a flyer describing the  scheduled
programs for Durga Puja. The membership rate printed in your
membership form is based on the information you provided last year.
Usually family related information remains the same, but you should be
careful to update the information if your family status has changed,
for example if a child in your family grew up from 5 to 6 years old,
or if your child in your family moved out after passing college. Given
below is the membership rate for 2002-2003 for you to calculate the
correct membership rate.

Membership Type   Fees till Sep 15         Fees after Sep 15
Couple               $110                      $130
Single                $60                       $80
Dependent             $30                       $40
Donor (Family of 2)  $250                      $250
                     ($50 extra for each dependent for Donors)

This is also a reminder that the rate printed in your form is the
discounted rate and this rate is valid only upto September 15. So in
case you haven't renewed your membership yet, please submit the
printed form with your check, or go to the URL printed on the form and
renew electronically.


The cultural programs this year during Durga Puja have been carefully
selected to cover all aspects of Bengali culture - from 'aadhunik
gaan', to 'bangla naatok' to 'jeebonmukhi gaan' to beautifully
choreographed ballet. These programs are confirmed subject to US-INS
approving the P-3 visas for the artistes. Listed below are
descriptions of the professional programs we have lined up so far.

Kumar Sanu

Kumar Sanu with an eleven-member orchestra and a female singer will be
performing on October 13. Kumar Sanu (or Kedarnath Bhattacharya) is in
the Guinness World Record for recording 28 songs in a single day. He
performs regularly to eager audiences around the world. He has lent
his voice to more than 800 films so far, singing roughly around 9000
songs including many Bengali hits.

Kumar Sanu has bagged 5 consecutive awards: Filmfare Awards; R. D.
Burman Award; Uttam Kumar Award (twice); Priyadarshani Award; Shiv
Kala Award; Ashirwaad Award; Kalashri Award; West Indian Grammy Award
(International); Diva Award; Channel V Award; BFI Award; Screen
Panasonic Award.

NOTE: This program will be ticketed, but heavily discounted for
Prabasi members.

Tanushree Shankar

Tanushree Shankar with her twelve-members dance troupe will be
performing this year at our Durga Puja festival. Tanushree Shankar,
Ananda Shankar's wife, is the Choreographer of the troupe. She was
trained in the Shankar Gharana by Ananda's mother Smt. Amala Shankar,
and has established herself as one of the leading choreographers in
India.Her choreography is not a blend of classical or folk movements -
but is outstanding and original as she creates movements in response
to the music according to the theme. She has acted in several films
and TV serials, including Satyajit Ray Presents - but her first love
is dance and choreography.

Khela Jokhon - Bangla Natok

Cast: Prof Arun Bandyopadhyay, Sankar Ghosh,  Ms Sanghamitra
Bhattacharya, Ms Rita Datta, Mr Samares Mazumdar

Duration of play: One and half hours

Synopsis: The play 'KHELA JOKHON' centers around the character of one
Madhu Sudan Dutta. No one knows about his occupation, or how rich is
he? But apparently he seems to have quite a lot of money. Which he is
ready to part with. He goes round the street in the afternoon and puts
weird question to people around. And the person who comes out the
correct answer is handsomely rewarded. He claims that he gets pleasure
out of it. In this play he meets three characters who are from
different culture of the society. The interaction prevail that socio-
economic condition as well as their emotional and psychological back
ground. Hilarious situations dipped in witty and humorous dialogue
usher in the culmination when the audience is pleasantly make to
realize is own frivolities. Entire play is designed in the pattern of
the famous TV show K.B.C. (Kaun Bonega Krorepati)

Bappi Lahiri with Orchestra

Bappi Lahiri is the son of veteran classical singer Bansari and
musician and singer Aparesh Lahiri. A child prodigy, he began to play
the tabla from the age of 3 and developed his liking for rhythm. He
learnt classical music from his parents and made his debut as a music
director at the age of 14 with Daadu, a Bengali film released in 1972.
His relatives from his mother's side include singer Kishore Kumar and
the S. Mukerji clan. Shomu Mukherji, S. Mukherji' son, gave him his
Hindi break in Naha Shikari (1973). In the same year, he composed the
background score for the songless B. R. Ishara film Charitra.

He is currently engaged in many Bengali movie songs. Bappi Lahiri
latest "Ami Kolkatar Rassagolla" is a big hit in Kolkata.

Anjan Dutta

Anjan Dutta is one of Bengal's leading 'adhunik' singers today. This
extremely talented young man, has established himself not only in the
field of music but also as an actor and director. His name has gone
beyond bengali households and into bollywood with his direction of the
movie Bada Din starring Shabana Azmi. Anjan Dutta has also acted
brilliantly with bengali movie stars like Mamta Shankar and under the
direction of Mrinal Sen in movies such as Kharij and Grihayuddha.
Anjan Dutta is probably the only singer, who westernized modern
bengali songs, in his own way in his songs such as  Ronjona, Eta ki
2441139 and Boyash Amar Baro.


The classic Mahishasuramardini (the AIR version) will be presented by
Bay Area local artistes. This year's program is directed by Dr. Shampa
Bannerjee; Chandipath will be by Dr. Alok Chatterjee. Singers include
Sonali Bhattacharya, Prasenjit Biswas, Jaya Basu and others.

Other attractions
(*) Children's participatory programs in the morning - detail will be
    given by early next week.
(*) "DHAKI" from Kolkata.

Booths may be put up at Durga Puja site by vendors. Anybody who wants
to put up a booth should contact Tuku Ganguly at (408)246-0285.

If you become an annual Prabasi member, you save a lot, as all these
programs (excluding Kumar Sanu nite) are FREE for members. Individual
packages for entire Durga Puja (three days of programs) are also
available and will be announced after September 15, but they will not
be economical for the whole year.


It was decided in last year's General Body meeting that Prabasi should
explore the possibility of setting up a permanent place in the Bay
Area for the Bengali Community. In response to this request, Prabasi
has decided to set up a Trustee committee comprising of 30 members who
would be involved in fund-raising and other developmental work to set
up a Kali Bari/Community Center within the close vicinity of the Bay
Area. We are inviting applications from individuals who are willing to
be part of this Trustee. Please send your response to Bay Area Prabasi
Inc., PO Box 10385, San Jose, CA 95157 or call 408-629-1506.


- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

                                              Dated: 09/04/2002
                      BAY AREA PRABASI INC.